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-day meeting of the united nations general assembly. the meetings come just a day after the president called for a new tax plan to pay for his jobs bill. the white house will now focus on issues in the middle east. the president is expected to praise the international cooperation that helped lead to the end of moammar gadhafi's role in libya. that will likely be overshadowed by a push by palestinian leaders to gain u.n. recognition as a state, something that could threaten israeli-palestinian peace talks. >>> new today gays and lesbians can openly enlist and serve in the united states military for the first time in history. after months of preparations, the repeal of don't ask, don't tell took place overnight. the policy officially ended at 12:01 this morning. to celebrate, gay rights activists gathered in northwest washington for a new year's eve style countdown. meanwhile, one u.s. navy officer lieutenant gary ross celebrated by marrying his longtime partner in vermont at midnight. ross says he plans to have a full career in the military. >> it is now 6:07. 64 degrees. labored breathing ]
are exercising free speech. mat.d ei we io n actere >>> they're at it again at the united nations general assembly while iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad gave his speech, dozens of diplomats from the u.s. and other countries got up and walked out. during his anti-american speech ahmadinejad called the u.s. slave masters and accused the united states of causing two world wars using nuclear bombs against defenseless people. >>> last week's spy agency assertion of the embassy attack. >> reporter: it was last week afghanistan's capital kabul's u.s. embassy came under attack from rockets. u.s. officials now say pakistan was involved. before a senate committee chief chairman admiral mike mullen testified the terror group behind the attack and the pakistani spy agency are one and the same. >> the network acts as an arm for pakistan's internal service intelligence agency. >> reporter: admiral mullen added the united states has credible intelligence linking the isi to a june 28th attack on an intercontinental hotel in kabul. >> they conducted that truck bo
, president obama is getting set to address the united nations' general assembly. you are looking live at the podium. just a short time ago, we saw brazil's president delma russo -- delma russo. coming up at 7:45. we'll have analysis about the president's address. this the u.n. official introducing the president. there is quite a lot of attention focused on this speech and this event happening at the united nations because of the situation with the middle east and the request by palestinian leaders for state hood. we can listen in right now to the president and hear what he has to say. >> ladies and gentlemen, it's a great honor for me to be here today. i would like to talk to you about a subject that is at the heart of the united nations. the pursuit of peace in an imperfect world. war and conflict have been with us since the beginning of civilization. but in the first part of the 20th century, the advance of modern weaponry led to death on a saggering scale. with this killing -- it was this killing that compelled the founders of this body to focus on not just ending one war but avert
is unthinkable. >> if you were president and you had to deal with the united nations general assembly vote in the coming days that would call for the creation of a palestinian state, what would you do about it? >> you start a long time ago. this would have been avoided or. >> kevin: been avoided in my view had the president made it clear from the very outset that we stand by israel. that we lock arm and arm. instead, the president tried to communicate to the palestinians and others that support their effort that, well, there may be some distance between us and israel. look, you stand by your allies. you show that you're united. that's the best way to keep people from taking adventurous activity. >> good luck, governor. we'll stay in close touch. >> thanks, wolf. good to be with you. >> why is newt gingrich comparing himself to bill clinton, jimmy carter and george mcgovern? you're going to find out next. # are you curious about new ideas? do you want to learn a new language, or just a new word? maybe you want to know more about anatomy, or astronomy. you could master something new, or unco
. >>> president obama is in new york for a two-day meeting of the united nations general assembly. the meetings come just a day after the president called for a new tax plan to pay for his jobs bill. but the president -- the white house rather will now focus on issues in the middle east. the president is expected to praise the international cooperation that helped lead to the end of moammar gadhafi's rule in libya, but that will likely be overshadowed by a push by palestinian leaders to gain u.n. recognition as a state, something that could threaten israeli-palestinian peace talks. >>> today is the first day back to work for the d.c. council after summer recess. one of the first orders of business is a vote to raise taxes on the district's wealthiest residents. according to "the washington post," council members will make a new top bracket for wage earners, with a taxable income of at least $350,000 a year. the new bracket would be taxed at 8.95%. right now all d.c. residents who make $40,000 or more pay 8.5% income tax. if this new plan passes, the new rate would go into effect immediately. >>
of the united nations general assembly. palestinian president mahmoud abbas remains determined to take his bid for statehood to the u.n. despite pressure from the u.s. for abbas to instead resume peace talks with israel. nbc's tracie potts joins us with more from washington. good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. president obama addressed this directly in his speech before the u.n. general assembly yesterday. he said that peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the united nations. he has been pushing for the two sides to restart negotiations and in fact the security council is expected to consider the request for full membership possibly tomorrow. president obama met with both abbas yesterday and israel's prime minister, benjamin netanyahu. with netanyahu he reiterated that the u.s. is committed to israel's security. it's unbreakable, as the president put it. now, what will they do on friday? they may postpone this decision, or french president nicolas sarkozy suggested upgrading the palestinian status from observer to nonmember. they would not be able to vote, but it
gather in new york city for the opening session of the united nations general assembly. one of the issues up for discussion is the recognition of the palestinian authority as an independent state. several donor nations are reaffirming the authority's readiness for statehood based on reports from key international financial institutions and the u.n. the funeral for kara kennedy, the oldest child of the late senator edward kennedy will be held wednesday at holy trinity church in d.c. the 51-year-old kennedy died friday at a health club. she collapsed after her daily workout. a wake will be held tuesday. both the wake and the funeral will be open to the public. the burial will be private. >>> and funeral plans are also being made for the daughter of former vice president walter mondale. 51-year-old eleanor mondale died after battling brain cancer for several years. she was a television reporter and a radio show host after getting small parts on the big and small screen. she had been off the air since 2009 when she announced the cancer had returned. >>> for the first time in four years, the w
president, mahmoud ahmadinejad, is set to speak to the united nations general assembly today. none of that matters to the families. it wasn't american soil. but it was the next best thing. as the families of shane bauer and josh fattal greeted them in oman. the first taste of freedom for the 29-year-olds after spending more than two years as prisoners in iran. >> we're so happy we are free. and so relieved we are free. >> reporter: the omani government flew them out of iran and reportedly paid their $1 million bail. for bauer, it meant a reunion with sarah shourd, his fiancee, who was with them when they were captured. but spent only half as much time behind bars. >> two years in prison is too long. and we sincerely hope for the freedom of other political prisoners and other unjustly imprisoned people in america and iran. >> reporter: the three were arrested in 2009, while they were hiking along iran's border with iraq. they never realized they crossed into iran. they were arrested for trespassing. then, bauer and fattal were arrested for spying. they were sentenced for eight years
of the united nations general assembly. the meetings come just two days after the president called for a new tax plan to pay for his jobs bill. the president will focus on jobs in the middle east. the president is expected to praise the international cooperation that helped lead to the end of moammar gadhafi's rule in libya. that will likely be overshadowed by a push from palestinian leaders to gain recognition as a state. >>> it's back to work for the d.c. council after summer recess. one of the first orders of business is to raise taxes on the district's wealthiest residents. according to "the washington post," council members will make a new top bracket for wage earners with a tax income of at least $350,000 annually. the new bracket will be taxed at 8.95%. right now all d.c. residents who make $40,000 or more pay 8.5% income tax. if the plan does pass, the new rate would go into effect immediately. >>> also in today's meeting, at large council member vincent orange will propose a $45,000 hike in the council's salary. he's also proposing that council members give up their second jobs and be l
for wjz. >> president obama told the united nations general assembly there are no shortcuts to ending the conflict in the middle east. >> peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the united nations. if it were that easy, it would have come to the let president by now. >> they said not to ask for a formal recognition of a palestinian state on friday. the president says he supports a palestinian state, but only one that results from an agreement between palestinians and israelis. >> the deadlock will only be broken when each side learns to stand in the other shoes. >> reporter: following the speech, the president met with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. >> the palestinians wanted to achieve a state with international immunity, but they're not prepared to give peace to israel in return. >> reporter: president obama is set to meet with abbas. but u.s. officials admit, it is unlikely the palestinians will change their minds. >> what's wrong with negotiating it, state to state. why do we have to be occupied? >> reporter: the white house promises the u.s. will vet
>>> so the category tonight, items on the united nations general assembly agenda. number ten, screw with the sweeds, number eight, good-bye euro, hello chuck-e-cheese tokens. number six -- they've been writing their rs backwards all these years. number five, finally nailed down which one's uruguay, which one's paraguay. number three, do whatever china says. number two, congratulate whatever country came up with the girl with the dragon tattoo books because those were awesome. and the number one item on the united nations general assembly debate whether to renew the letterman fatwa. >> good morning, it is wednesday, september 21st. with us onset, mike barnicle. we also have the president of the council on foreign relations and birthday boy -- >> oh, exciting for me. >> wasn't it your birthday recently? >> july. >> somebody in my town was buying you a birthday present. >> birthday boy. not by a day, not by a week, but a season. >> why was someone buying you a piece of art? >> because i'm a deserving person. >> richard hath, personal friend of mine. anyway. >> interesting. >> you know,
. and the number one item on the united nations general assembly debate whether to renew the letterman fatwa. >> good morning, it is wednesday, september 21st. with us onset, mike barnicle. we also have the president of the council on foreign relations and birthday boy -- >> oh, exciting for me. >> wasn't it your birthday recently? >> july. >> somebody in my town was buying you a birthday present. >> birthday boy. not by a day, not by a week, but a season. >> why was someone buying you a piece of art? >> because i'm a deserving person. >> richard hath, personal friend of mine. anyway. >> interesting. >> you know, mika, a lot of time. you also got off month, off season. >> well, happy birthday, belated. >> thank you. have a nice thanksgiving. >> yeah. exactly. >> happy new year. >> that's really weird. >> no, it's really sad. >> it's interesting. >> a lot of times the u.n. comes together, nothing happens. they sit around and talk and seems like divisions are really more pronounced than when the week started. >> well -- >> that's not happening this week. >> no. >> last night, i sense something
to the general assembly. >> peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the united nations. if it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now. ultimately it's the israelis and the palestinians who must live side by side. ultimately it is the realitilies and the palestinians not us who must reach agreement on issues who divide them. [ chanting ] >> thousands of palestinians poured into the streets in ramallah today to support state hood. the west bank city is the seat of the palestinian parliament. >>> this is a shocking scene, it's quite disturbing, orchestrated by mexican drug cartels. drivers left two trucks filled with bodies sitting in the mid of a highway in the tourist town of boca del rio. some of the 35 corporation corp on to the streets. investigators believe some of the dead were rival drug traffickers. >>> typhoon roke is blasting japan this week, with 100-mile-per-hour winds. 17 inches falling so far in some places. the storm is brushing past tokyo right now. it is pushing into the area address wrecked by the earthquake and tsunami last march. >> repo
speakers making a stand on the world stage this week at the 66th united nations general assembly taking place in new york. everything from the teetering global markets, the future of libya, famine in so somalia. all those things are on the table. after a year of seismic, big decisions, it's the power plays happening behind closed doors that are making a difference. president obama is meeting privately with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu to talk about the road to peace. the potential for a palestinian state. the president's also going to meet with the palestinian leader, mahmoud abbas, separately, that's happening later today. abbas expected to demand statehood this friday in front of the general assembly. that would be a huge change to the face of the region. something neither united states or israel wants to see happen without having a hand in the negotiations. the president made his own address to the general assembly about that this morning. >> i know that many are frustrated by the lack of progress. i say sure you, so am i. but the question isn't the goal that we seek, th
nations general assembly in just a few hours from now. one of the main issues on hand today, the formation of a palestinian state. will the president blocked their bid for statehood? >> big story there. absolutely, we'll be covering that all morning. >>> and bull's eye, the archer aiming for a place in the guinness book of world records. while overcoming up believable odds along the way. if this man can do what he does, we should all be climbing mt. everest. >> it's trite, but where there's a will, there's a way. this guy is living proof. >>> before all of that, it is a day of mourning in afghanistan. a top leader is assassinated just steps before the u.s. embassy. >> deadly questions about whether afghan security forces are up for the task. more on the latest blow to the peace process from kabul. >> reporter: burhanuddin rabbani thought he was meeting a man with a message from taliban. while at home he thought he was meeting a man with a message directly from taliban leaders. the message was so important he was escorted in without security checks. he did deliver a message, just not the on
for the tourists to get close to the hollywood sign. martha: looming over this week's united nations general assembly. papalestinians wants the u.n. to recognize them as the state of palestine for all of the proceedings in the united nations. this has is trail outraged and put our president in a difficult position. the u.s. is expected to veto that if it does indeed make it to the security council. hillary clinton is work on the situation at the u.n. and trying to convince the palestinians to negotiate directly with israel. here is more from secretary of state hillary clinton. >> we continue to believe that our pressing the point that the only way to a solution which is what we support and want to see happen is through negotiations. no matter what does or doesn't happen this week, it will not produce the kind of outcome that everyone is hoping for. martha: dan gillerman is a former ambassador to the u.n. we laid out what's happening. what is your reaction to this? >> i think the secretary is right. the only way to have the palestinian state -- i say the for six years, i had the privilege of
not belong in the united nations general assembly. he is a terrorist. >> reporter: he didn't discuss the two american hikers held in iran two years or their nuclear program. a spokesman for u.s. ambassadors susan right said mahmoud ahmadinejad turned to abhorrent anti-semitic slurs and despicable conspiracy theories. eric shawn, fox news. >>> it's 7:37 now on a friday morning. we are still three days away, but the excitement is building about monday's redskins' game against the dreaded cowboys. dave ross joins us for a preview. >>> flash flood watch in effect later this morning. that's the view now. you can see the traffic on wisconsin avenue in northwest d.c. tony has a look at the forecast coming up yet again, and julie will help us get through the fog as well. it's now 7:38. mm >>> 7:41 now. it's dallas week. >> never too early. >> always a bigger game when you're playing dallas, especially in dallas. we've had trouble there in the past. you have a national audience watching. you'll hear great things about the redskins. a lot of people
york to the united nations general assembly. so, of course, it's all still a bit shrouded in mystery. we don't know who posted the bail, the assumptions are it was someone in oman. posted the bail for sarah shourd. the third person in that group, the young woman released last year on humanitarian grounds. so we should, if the good news is in fact to be believed, we should have it sometime within the next hour or so. back to you guys. >> you will bring that information to us right when it happens. thanks for that report. >> attention, hikers, once they get free, we should not hike in that area. can we go the rockies, perhaps, sometime? >> he murdered a police officer 22 years ago and in just 13 hours from now, troy davis will pay with his own life. he'll be executed. >> are you giving snup>> no. >> when will you give up? >> never! >> supporters for troy holding a vigil outside of death row. he's scheduled to die at 7:00 p.m. tonight for the murder of an off-duty police officer. he was working as a security guard when he was shot dead rushing to help a homeless man who was being at
third address to the united nations general assembly. live coverage on line starting at 9:00 a.m. eastern time on c- span.org. the president is expected to address the middle east peace process. the president spoke yesterday on libya, touting it as a model of what the international community can achieve. that's where we will begin this morning, with your take on the role of the u.n. and world affairs. >> libya is a lesson in what the international community can achieve when we stand together as one. i said at the beginning of this process, we cannot and should not intervene every time there is injustice in the world, yet it is also true that there are problems where the world could have and should have summoned the will to prevent the killing of innocents on a horrific scale. we are forever haunted by the atrocities we did not prevent and the lives we did not save. this time was different. this time we, through the united nations, found the courage and the collective will to act. host: let me begin with the front page of "the washington times." they said this. host: let me show
gets ready to speak to the united nations general assembly in just a couple of hours. he is expected to formally ask the world to accept the palestinians as a member. >>> yemen's president, meanwhile, has returned after nearly four months in saudi arabia, this according to state tv. he left the country back in june. this is new video of a massive rally in apparent support of the returning president. his return comes as the capital is gripped in bloody street battles that have killed dozens in just the past week. >>> president obama offering states a way to get around the no child left behind law. in just a few hours, he'll announce a plan to provide relief from key provisions in exchange for a commitment to broader reforms. >>> the fight between the gop frontrunners heating up in florida. mitt romney and rick perry accusing each other of flip-flopping on key issues. >> a rick perry out there that is saying, almost to quote, that the federal government shouldn't be in the pension business. that it's unconstitutional and it should be returned to the states. so, you better find that ric
the world at the united nations general assembly. there is a lot on the line. iranian leader's tone will be very telling because his grip on power is shaky these days. many observers believe he needs to ease tensions with the united states. let's go first to the political prisoner in the united states thing. what do you suppose that means? >> i was than aware there were a lot of iranians in the mountains picked up -- >> but iranians in jail in different capacities over the years iranians asked for a quid pro quo release. we have to see until the american hikers are back on u.s. soil to see just what these statements really mean. whether it is political niceties to thank oman and reflect on their experiences in iran, until they come back, probably they will be on the set and you can ask them. but as for the hikers' situation it also played out this drama at the united nations, you can't mistake the timing. president obama, president ahmadinejad, different areas of the u.n. while president obama was speaking, president ahmadinejad came in through the u.n. entrance. here he is leaving
ahmadinejad is to have this release before he speaks before the united nations general assembly, stands on the world stage, and he is scheduled to arrive in new york on monday, savannah, so the clock is ticking. >> all right. ann curry on the story again in tehran. ann, thank you. >>> let's check on some of the other top stories of the morning. natalie morales is over at the news desk. good morning, natalie. >>> good morning everyone. television evangelist pat robertson is under fire for comments he made about alzheimers disease on his "700 club program." he gave this response to a caller whose friend was dating other women while his wife was ill with alzheimer's. >> here's the loved one. this is the woman or man that you have loved for 20, 30, 40 years, and suddenly that person is gone. they're gone. they are gone. if you respect that vow, you say till death do us part, this is the kind of death. >> robertson went on to say he encourages the spouse to divorce before dating again. the alzheimer's foundation of america responded, saying that his comments feed misconceptions about the dis
spoke before the united nations general assembly. >> mr. president, allow me at the outset to congratulate you and our brothers, the people of the tarmac on the occasion of the 66th session of the general assembly. our presentation will be of assistance to you in performing your duties. we are confident that your experience and vision will be an important factor in the success of the general assembly. our thanks also goes to your predecessors, for his presidency of the general assembly and his outgoing session. i would also like to congratulate on his reelection for a second term as secretary-general and wish him all success in his work. mr. president, it is an honor to stand in front of you one more time to brief you on, as it works, build a modern state that lives in peace with its people and neighbors. iraq is building a homeland where everyone is at peace and stability, regardless of sectarian, ethnic, a system where the rule of law prevails. and lives are respected and the system that is based on democracy and peaceful transition of power. this is the basis on the past
representative to the united nations from 2002 to 2006. during this period he was chairman of the fourth committee of special political and decolonization of the 60th u.n. general assembly. vice president of the economic and social council from 2004 and 2005 and vice president of the u.n. conference on illicit trade and small arms and light weapons in all its aspects in 2001. . began his career in 1992, serving as charge kay defair as azerbaijan's commission. he was the 47th through 56th sessions of the united nations general assembly. having joined the ministry of foreign affairs of azerbaijan in 1989, the ambassador has held the post of political officer first secretary, and deputy director of the ministries department of information and political analysis, as well as director of department of international organizations. i took up oriental studies of state university in 1972 and received the school's highest degree in 197 . he did postgraduate research as russia's academy of science in moscow. in the early 1990's he also studied for a year at the diplomatic academy of russia's foreign
today for the united nations general assembly. iran's courts are considering a $1 million bail deal to release two american hikers jailed there. the hikers must wait until tuesday for a second judge to approve the deal. >>> speaking for the first time publicly since his arrest on sexual assault charges in may -- >> well, she can't be too close, dominic strauss-kahn appeared on french tv yesterday. very far away from the anchor. >> there's plexiglass. >> like a lion. he admitted that a sexual encounter did occur, but maintained it did not involve violence, strain, or aggression. >> that doesn't work. >> well, you will notice -- >> french presidential hopeful, the one-time french presidential hopeful says he regrets the act and calls it a "moral failing." really? >> that's what they're calling it these days. >> that's convenient. charges against strauss-kahn were dropped last month after information from the victim -- >> look how far she is from him. seriously. >> in france we call that spitting distance. >> yeah. >> here's what you do. >> what? >> you don't try to kiss, make out with
to the general assembly today, we're joined by the u.s. ambassador to the united nations, susan rice. thanks for coming in this morning. first, the breaking news on the hikers. it does look like their release will be today. do you have any other information? >> we are in touch with our swiss partners who are protecting power in tehran. we're getting updates with them. we won't rest until they're back home with their families. >> it does look good. >> we're hopeful. we want to see them back on american soil. >> in the president's speech, he will address in iran, and the extraordinary wave of protests for people in the last year. does he agree with secretary panetta, that it's just a matter of time before this wave of reform hits iran? >> i think the underlying conditions are there. as we saw two years ago, following their election. there's great desire among the iranian people for freedom, for the ability to express themselves openly. and to chart their own future. so, i do believe that what we have seen in many parts of north africa and the middle east, will eventually come to parts that hav
with meetings at the united nations. he spoke to the general assembly explaininging the palestinian authority bid for membership in the u.n. he said there's no shortcut to peace. he called for israeli and palestinian leaders to return to talks and work toward peace together. >> we seek a future together where palestinians live in a state of their own with no limit to what they can achieve. there's no question. the palestinians have seen that delayed too long. understand this as well. america's commitment to israel's security is unshakable. we believe lasting peace just acknowledge the security concerns israel faces every day. >> within the hour, mr. obama is set to meet with the israeli president. >>> a man who tried to jump over the white house fence yesterday was in court this afternoon. authorities tell us he was charged with unlawful entry and will be held in jail until friday. his name is not released at this time. he was arrested yesterday after hopping the fence and started running toward the mansion. authorities did not find any weapons on him and president obama was not inside the wh
is hoping to inch closer to statehood recognition from the united nations. that's despite the u.s. push, though, to reseem peace talks first. about plans to submit his request for a full u.n. membership today, just before addressing the secretary-general assembly. >>> closing arguments are expected today in the case of amanda knox. she is hoping to have the murder conviction for the bedeath of a rum mate overturned. a verdict is expected early next month. >>> scientists continue to track that dead satellite expected to fall to earth some time this afternoon or evening. the latest calculations indicate, though, that it will not be over the u.s., over canada or mexico, during that time. >>> and stay it ain't so. summer is officially behind us. fall begins this morning. and in mexico, they marked the beginning of the autumn equinox. tourists and locals descended on the mayan ruins, where the sun comes straight through the main gate of a 1,500-year-old temple. >> it's fall over there. cold weather, back to coats and scarves. >> areas that have suffered from the flooding so long. ever since
recommend to the general assembly that pliep become a member -- palestine become a member nation. united nations. but in the security council the united states can veto a proposed change. however, the palestinians also have another means to alter their status. they could petition petition the general assembly directly where the united states does not have a veto and seek an upgrade from their current position as a permanent observer entity to a nonobserver state. if this occurs, the palestinians will be in a much better position to manipulate u.n. affiliated agencies such as the criminal court. mr. president, it should go without saying that i will remind this body that the prospect of palestinians being actions against israel's leaders and military forces for defending our sovereign ally's right to exist is completely unacceptable. we should expect more from the united nations but in spite of its sweeping statements in support of individual rights and peace, it has a mixed record at best when it comes to the treatment of israel, a liberal democracy. the low point of its long and tarnish
to the security council, probably, but certainly to the general assembly where all the members of the united nations have a chance to vote. my guess is that the palestinians will get 140 or 150 nations who will vote for their becoming a state. this will not change the occupation of palestine by the israelis, and it will just make -- if the united states does veto the security council, then they will not become a fully recognized member of the united nations, but they will become an unofficial recognized observer, and this would give them certain access to membership in international organizations, and it would be a step forward. i would not be in favor of this if the united states had put forward any sort of comprehensive peace proposal. as president obama has announced on two major occasions, one a freeze on all israeli settlements inside palestine, and also, based on the 1967 borders -- if the united states had put forward that proposal as a basis for negotiation, then both the palestinians and the carter center would be in favor of peace talks based on those two issues, but the israelis a
the allegations and warned the united states it risks losing pakistan as an ally. >>> at the u.n. general assembly, diplomats from the u.s. and more than 30 other nations walked out during a speech by iran's president, mahmoud ahmadinejad. ahmadinejad said that the u.s. threatens sanctions on anyone who questions the holocaust and the 9-11 terrorist attacks. he called the u.s. and major western european nations, i'm quoting now, arrogant powers. >>> first it was fire. now there is a water crisis in texas. the state has now declared a drought emergency. more than one million texans will soon face mandatory water restrictions. there are record high temperatures and little rain in texas this year. the drought played a role in the summer wildfires, the worst in texas history. >>> tonight there will be a candlelight vigil for a prominent woman from campbell killed in a violent crime spree. the family and friends will gather at the plant mall in san jose, the same shopping center where she was carjacked and kidnapped one week ago today. her body was found the next day. the suspect paul castillo is in cu
of iranian americans are outside of the united nations building to protest the presence of iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad. a short time from now, he is set to address the u.n. generalcy s -- general assembly. in years gone by he's insinuated the american government was behind 9/11 and claimed homosexuality doesn't exist in iran. and can we expect more of the same today? i am joined now by bobby goesh. what do you expect today? >> if anything it is set up so he is probably going to be even more inflammatory. understand he is coming to new york, the weakest he's ever been in his presidency. the arab spring is completely destroyed his hopes of extending iranian influence in the arab world. he's having tremendous difficulty with his greatest ally, syria, which is in meltdown. and at home he's having sort of serious competition with the clergy, with the alternative power. he is coming to new york. he's very weak. even the episode where he released scott and josh. they announced they were going to be released immediately and the clergy said no, they are not. they are questioning him and pus
, this is a historic day. last friday, the general assembly of the united nations overwhelmingly voted to accept the credentials of the new libyan leadership. today we are honored to formally recommend them into the international community and to the first major meeting at the united nations. president jalil, i am sure you saw your new flag this morning flying proudly outside this building. i am pleased to note -- is in this room as well. you and the people of libya, we offer our congratulations and best wishes for the future. for the past seven months, you have fought courageously for your fundamental rights and freedoms. women and young people were in the vanguard in the political and social and economic life of the country. as you look to the future, i want you to know that the united nations will support you in every way we can. excellencies, the security council and several regional organizations met the challenge with the speed and decisive action to protect the libyan people from violence. today we must once again respond with such speed and decisive action. this time, to consolidate peac
by force . the tragedy of our people was born, the united nations -- was born as well, by tens and hundreds of the resolution and recommendations issued by the general assembly and the security council. but these resolutions were in a way in vain. we go to the united nations to ask and to demand for a legal right which is the full membership of the palestinian state in this organization. we convey with our fellow palestinian delegation the pain of our people to achieve this goal and to put an end to the torture, and we enjoy our right with -- enjoy our freedom within a palestinian state within the borders of june 4, 1967 with jerusalem as the capital of our nation. our efforts, our continuous efforts so as to reach through negotiations, a resolution to end the occupation and to lead to the establishment of an independent palestinian state is at a locker. because of the policies of the israeli government that is rejecting to commit itself with negotiations on the basis of the international legal resolutions and agreement signed with the p.l.o. and it's a policy of celtments and as the jewish
thanks also go to mr. ban ki-moon on his reelection as secretary-general of the united nations. we express thanks and appreciation to him, and that general secretariat staff for their efforts over the past year. in particular, is falling out of the situation in our country. excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, we wish to congratulate the people of south sudan on the assumption other place to united nations. we use it or do we wish to congratulate the transitional council in libya. -- we wish to congratulate the transitional council in libya. my country has been witnessing since last january a huge package -- a put huge political crisis. the political opposition that has been one of the main components of our system since the establishment of a state of unity in yemen in may 1990. it decided to relinquish and rejected the principle of consensus. refusing to implement the agreement that we have had since 2006. following its failure in the elections. as these parties -- they will not allow them to seize power. therefore there has been violence which threatens the outbreak of civil war
the united nations. they're protesting president ahmadinejad missouri's presence at the u.n. president ahmadinejad is scheduled to address the u.n. general assembly this hour. of course, the timing of his speech seemed to coordinate with yesterday's release of the two cal grads, josh fattal and shane bower, and iran's foreign minister says the release of those prisoners showed islamic mercy, but there are other bigger issues involved also, larger showdown between washington and tehran that include the iran nuclear program and ambitions to widen political influence in the middle east and beyond. these are live pictures now outside the united nations, ahead of president ahmadinejad's speech to the u.n., a situation we'll be monitoring and bring you more up days. >>> new predictions of america's economic troubles may last for years. live picture the big board. wow, the dow down. we'll take you to see how the markets reacting to the latest turmoil. also, two pro football players and one shipment from northern california add up to trouble. first, a ban on chewing tobacco. now baseball has a
now at united nations, a security council is about to consider the palestinian's bid for state hood. as we've mentioned, this is clearly a huge deal. abbas made his push last week before the u.n. general assembly. here's the thing. the u.s. has already said it will veto the move. president obama says the next step forward cannot come through a solution at u.n. he says the answer is diplomacy, specifically renewed talks on the tough issues that still divide the palestinians and israelis. many palestinians acknowledge this whole bid is largely symbolic. president abbas is still making and receiving praise for it as well. he got a hero's welcome when he returned home to the west bank just yesterday. take a look at the crowd there waving the flags all in support of him and his move. we're going to keep watching this one for you and bring you any developments from the u.n. as soon as we get them. >>> then the one gop candidate for president takes the lead in a new straw poll. >> i feel great. i feel even greater because the voice of the people is bigger than the voice of the media. >> he
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